With over 4,500 stores in the United States and Canada, GNC is one of the largest retailers in the supplement world. That’s why it’s news that they’ve announced they’ve started selling cannabidiol (CBD) supplements.
The compound was outright illegal until Congress legalized industrial hemp just last year, but even though the FDA has yet to specify lawful pathways for products that contain CBD, that hasn’t stopped countless companies from launching CBD-based products at an extraordinary rate.
Twelve of them have been introduced to GNC’s line, which includes topical creams and shampoos from Physician’s Grade and Myaderm. No mention has been made of whether they’ll be providing CBD products that can be inhaled or consumed.
Why all the hype over CBD? It’s a powerful antioxidant that appears to help with inflammation, even when applied topically. Given its history as an illegal substance it’s been hard to build a wealth of studies, but research has suggested that CBD can be a powerful method of fighting inflammation, reducing pain, and possibly improving sleep and reducing anxiety.(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)
When it comes to topical ointments, rodent studies have found that it can alleviate symptoms of arthritis.(3)(8) Why the CBD shampoo, though? The companies claim that it may help to improve hair density, but research is lacking in that area.
“There’s more evidence that it can exert anti-inflammatory effects on the scalp and help with cell regeneration,” says Austin Katz, the founder of Shea Brand, which produces CBD-based products. “Both CB1 one and CB2 receptors are found in hair follicles. What’s cool is that it’s not pro growth or anti-growth; it’s simply regulatory.”(9)
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The market seems to agree that GNC has made a smart move — their shares increased in value by about 13 percent after the announcement. The products are available at GNC now.
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